International Pole & Line Foundation
Alice is the Social Research and Programmes Director at the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF). She holds a PhD from the University of Wageningen, which looked at “Governance Innovations for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries”, giving her a breadth of knowledge ranging from traceability, to tuna trade flows, ecolabelling and RFMO functioning. In her current role with IPNLF, Alice works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible coastal tuna fisheries.
The role of women in 1×1 tuna fisheries
One-by-one tuna fisheries are regarded as both environmentally and socially responsible (meaning good for both the planet and people). But little is known about the true social and economic impacts of these small-scale fisheries, and even less is understood about the particular role that women play, even though it is estimated that half the capture and post-harvest workforce are women (FAO, 2014). Research has begun to unravel the roles of women in the one-by-one tuna fisheries. In the Maldives, a recent scoping study highlighted the variety of nodes women work in; from inputs, to processing, to marketing and distribution. Particularly notable was the self-driven development of local women’s cooperatives from local communication support groups to a high-functioning body that support the production of home-made tuna products for profit.